Coalville barbecue celebration designed to bring community together |

Coalville barbecue celebration designed to bring community together

During the past eight years, Coalville has scheduled a city celebration centered on a barbecue, but organizers struggled to identity what exactly the event was going to be, Coalville Mayor Trever Johnson said during an interview with The Park Record.

"It was a barbecue contest for a few years that included samplings to the public, Johnson said. "Then last year, we made it a public party, a festival, that provided a meal to the public that featured live-band entertainment, a kids’ area with some bouncy houses and face painting."

That idea caught on, so this year, Coalville will again host its barbecue festival the city’s fairgrounds on Saturday, June 13, at 6 p.m.

The event will feature food prepared by five local cooks, including Johnson.

"We cook enough for everyone," Johnson said. " We’ll have some brisket, chicken and some pulled pork as well. The sides will include baked potatoes, corn on the cob and watermelon."

The live entertainment this year will feature Mark Owens & Southbound, the Party Rock Project and Crystal Clear.

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"We’re looking forward to hearing Mark Owens and his band, and The Party Rock Project is very interactive with the audience," Johnson said. "Then there’s Crystal Clear who is a local quartet."

The event will also include various artists and craft workers who will sell their items.

"We’ll also begin the fireworks around 9:30 p.m. or whenever it gets dark enough to shoot them off," Johnson said. "It’s great to have all this for so little a price."

The barbecue, including sides and drinks, is $7 in advance at and $9 at the gate.

Johnson said events like this are important for the community.

"When I first moved to Coalville back in 2002, it seemed like I always came across people who would tell me about the times when the city held fishing derbies and how the car show, the fair and the demolition derby used to be a lot bigger," he said. "It seemed that everything in the past used to be larger."

So the barbecue celebration is designed to offer the town another big and memorable experience.

"You get the local community together and come rub shoulders, relax, have a good time and provide a meal at a great value," Johnson said. "We also market it outside of Summit County so people will come up to see that Coalville is a great place to recreate.

"The barbecue is also a way to show people that Coalville still has that small-town feel and that our residents are very accommodating people," he said. "This is a great family event and everyone has a good time filling their bellies and getting in some entertainment."

Coalville will host a barbecue festival at the fairgrounds, 202 Park Rd., on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $7 by visiting Coalville City Hall or online at . Day-of-event tickets will be $9 at the gate. For more information, visit